College Community Hub

The latest good news, events and helpful information for our Brisbane Christian College families.

COVID-19 Health Response

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 FAQ’s

Current health advice is consistent and clear that schools are to remain open for all children of essential workers and students are at low risk from COVID-19.

If schools remove all on campus options, then many parents will need to stay home to supervise children, meaning they are removed from doing critical jobs to support the country during a national emergency. These could be nurses, doctors, police officers, pharmacists, public servants, factory workers, delivery drivers, or a number of other jobs which are critical to keeping our society functioning.

Click Here for a letter to parents from the Queensland Chief Health Officer regarding the return to school.

The College Bus is as an essential service and will continue to operate for students attending on-site. Social distancing guidelines will be followed on school buses, at bus interchange locations, and at other shared transport services.

Yes, as an essential service, the canteen will continue to operate for students attending on-site on both campuses. The primary campus canteen will continue with the pre ordering system only, established in term 1.

The on campus uniform shop  is now open. Click here for more information about the uniform store.

Uniform and school supplies can still be purchased at School Locker stores (including Oxley) or online at https://theschoollocker.com.au/schools/brisbane-christian-college-sailsbury

 

In alignment with national directions for early childhood education and care services, Life Church School aged care will continue to offer child care services. For more information visit https://lifechurch.com.au/more/school-age-care.

This depends on whether closure is due to a confirmed case or part of a wider government direction i.e. mass closures. In the first case, parents will be notified immediately via email and SMS and be instructed to collect children as soon as possible.

In the second instance, we would expect more notice will be provided such that parents and students will be aware of the closure ahead of time.

Click Here for a letter from Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer of Queensland Health, which also provides a few extra points about pre-emptive school closures.

The College will keep parents, students and staff updated via email and community hub. Any urgent communications will also be sent via SMS.

The School will follow the advice of Queensland Health. It is likely the school would close for a day (or longer) to allow health authorities to conduct tracing and sanitise the campus. Parents would be kept up to date via email, website, and SMS.

Our College Counsellors sent home a great letter to families which provides some great resources for families in regards to COVID-19. Here are some other great resources online that are age-appropriate for parents to talk to their children.

The College WHS advisor has been visiting all three campuses and working with staff to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children including:

  • Increased education and awareness around personal hygiene practices have been implemented with staff, children and families. 
  • Extra hand sanitisers are available in classrooms.
  • Extra posters, instructions, and soaps have been made available at every hand washing basin on campus.
  • Classroom windows have been opened to increase airflow where possible.
  • High traffic doors are being left open where possible.
  • Early Primary School years have introduced a hand cleaning schedule with full classrooms regularly washing hands.
  • Increased daily professional cleaning and sanitisation of all rooms and high touch areas.
  • Minimising activities with high contact and close proximity where possible.

The College has also introduced Health Stations on campus for each child and team member to check into as they arrive each morning. This provides an opportunity for our team to greet our children, sanitise their hands and have their temperature checked. Anyone showing signs they are unwell or who have a temperature above 37.5 will be asked to return home to rest and return to school when their temperature is normal and they don’t have any cold or flu symptomsThe College will be using non-contact thermal thermometers to quickly check the temperature of each child as they arrive on campus or board a College bus. 

We ask parents for your continued commitment to encourage our children to maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying new innovative ways to stay connected.

Although all gathering restrictions do not apply to schools, our community is committed to following these restrictions where possible and minimising impacts on the operation of essential functions of school.

  • Students have been spread out in the classroom where possible.
  • Some classes have been moved outdoors where possible.
  • All large gatherings and meetings have been cancelled including Chapels and Assemblies.
  • All interschool and intraschool sporting competitions have been cancelled.
  • Off campus excursions, interstate or international trips and study tours have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Any group meetings that are cross-year level have been cancelled where possible, including large choir, band groups and family groups which are now meeting in year level groups.
  • On Primary Campus, the canteen is only available for pre ordered transactions only. Class orders will be delivered to children in class to avoid congestion around the canteen.
  • High traffic areas like the canteen, reception and student service desks have been marked with social distancing markers to help encourage social distancing

We ask parents for your continued commitment to encourage our children to maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying new innovative ways to stay connected.

School is not a good place for sick children. If children are showing any signs or symptoms of illness, including a temperature above 37.5 (as outlined by Queensland Health) to please keep them home as per our health policies. The College requests all parents take their children’s temperature each morning and keep them home if they have. If we have any concern about a child at school who is unwell, families will be asked to pick their child up from school immediately.  The Queensland Health “Time Out” document provides a good guide for parents to identify sickness.

 

The Queensland Health website provides an online (COVID-19) Symptom checker.

Health,  Hygiene and Social Distancing FAQ’s

The College WHS advisor has been visiting all three campuses and working with staff to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children including:

  • Morning Health Stations have been setup
  • Increased education and awareness around personal hygiene practices have been implemented with staff, children and families. 
  • Extra hand sanitisers are available in classrooms.
  • Extra posters, instructions, and soaps have been made available at every hand washing basin on campus.
  • Classroom windows have been opened to increase airflow where possible.
  • Classes have been provided extra cleaning and sanitisation packs to use when necessary
  • High traffic doors are being left open where possible.
  • Early Primary School years have introduced a hand cleaning schedule with full classrooms regularly washing hands.
  • Increased daily professional cleaning and sanitisation of all rooms and high touch areas.
  • Minimising activities with high contact and close proximity where possible.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the expert medical advice has made it clear that the 1.5 metre social distancing regulation and the four-square-metre rule is not a requirement of children at school. It does however, apply to adults in schools. Queensland Education authorities have provided recommendations for parents, staff and visitors in regards to social distancing in schools and Brisbane Christian College will continue to do everything we can to minimise any potential risk or spread of infection.

To that extent, please note the following social distancing strategies at Brisbane Christian College:

  • If your children are confident enough to walk themselves to class after drop-off, please encourage them to do so.
  • If you need to walk your children to class, do so promptly and return to your vehicle.
  • Avoid gathering in and around school grounds, car parks, outside classrooms and wherever possible exercise physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Acknowledge the social distancing markers located at high pedestrian traffic areas like the canteen, reception and student services.

At Pre-Prep

  • The team will continue to meet and welcome families at the entrance and assist with signing in children in the morning and farewelling them in the afternoon..

At Primary School 

  • There are team members at the front gate Health Station who can provide a little extra care and supervision to help welcome children to school in the mornings.
  • Canteen ordering is located outside, near the Depot Cafe at the entrance of the site and orders will continue to be delivered to children in class.
  • To assist parents with the ‘drop and go’, Prep and Year 1 classrooms will be open early from 8.25am, so that children in those year levels can go directly to class. Prep and Year 1 teachers will receive children at the classrooms, so that parents do not need to wait until the school bell goes at 8.35am.

At Middle and Secondary School 

  • The new drive through and Drop ‘N’ Go zone is designed to reduce traffic and waiting times particularly in the afternoons for vehicles and children.
  • Students have been spread out in the classroom where possible.
  • Some classes have been moved outdoors where possible.
  • All large gatherings and meetings have been cancelled including Chapels and Assemblies.
  • All interschool and intraschool sporting competitions have been cancelled.
  • Off campus excursions, interstate or international trips and study tours have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • On Primary Campus, the canteen is only available for pre ordered transactions only. Class orders will be delivered to children in class to avoid congestion around the canteen.
  • High traffic areas like the canteen, reception and student service desks have been marked with social distancing markers to help encourage social distancing

We ask parents for your continued commitment to encourage our children to maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying new innovative ways to stay connected.

The College has also introduced Health Stations on campus for each child and team member to check into as they arrive each morning. This provides an opportunity for our team to greet our children, sanitise their hands and have their temperature checked. Anyone showing signs they are unwell or who have a temperature above 37.5 will be asked to return home to rest and return to school when their temperature is normal and they don’t have any cold or flu symptomsThe College will be using non-contact thermal thermometers to quickly check the temperature of each child as they arrive on campus or board a College bus. 

We ask parents for your continued commitment to encourage our children to maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying new innovative ways to stay connected.

Taking the temperature of every child, staff member and visitor as they enter the site  provides one way we can prevent someone who may be unwell to spread any infection on the campus.

Anyone showing signs they are unwell or who have a temperature above 37.5 will be asked to return home to rest and return to school when their temperature is normal and they don’t have any cold or flu symptomsThe College will be using non-contact thermal thermometers to quickly check the temperature of each child as they arrive on campus or board a College bus. 

All training sessions will diligently adhere to the advice and direction of the Queensland Health Authorities through our adjusted structure. This includes regular cleaning of all shared equipment, mandatory hand sanitizing before and during training sessions and modified activities to reduce close proximity of students.

We believe that sport is an important part of the holistic education for students at Brisbane Christian College and so want to encourage as many students as possible to return to participating in the training offered. However, we do also understand that within the current circumstances some families may feel hesitant to have their children return to training just yet.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships can recommence once the relevant workplaces are back in operation in accordance with government authorities.

Yes, Students and staff can wear masks, however, World Health Organisation officials do not recommend mask wearing for healthy members of the general population.